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This Day in Georgia History

October 14, 1857

Joseph R. Lamar Born

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph R. Lamar was born in Ruckersville, Georgia. After graduating from Bethany College, he studied law at Washington and Lee University. He was admitted to the bar in 1878 and practiced law in Augusta from 1880 until 1903. Lamar also served in the Georgia General Assembly (1886-89) and in 1895 was named to codify the statutory laws of Georgia. In 1901, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Georgia Supreme Court, though he had to resign after four years for health reasons. In 1910, Pres. William Howard Taft appointed Lamar to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He held that office until his death on Jan. 2, 1916 in Washington D.C. His body was returned to Augusta, where he was interred in Summerville Cemetery.